REEDSKI's SparkPeople Blog REEDSKI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables See this Youtube video about how fruits and veggies, usually thrown out due to their appearance, have a new life by a French supermarket chain. It has dramatically cut down on waste and is such a success they have problems with the produce being sold out! <BR> <BR><BR>PE <BR> (The PE goes with the web address.) <BR> <BR> <BR> The ugly or misshapen fruits and veggies would normally be tossed out causing great amounts of food waste. The supermarket ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:02:57 EST This, That, and the Other. I've been away for a bit. We had 2 deaths in the family in the same week. An aunt on one side of the family and an uncle on the other. These were 2 of my many aunts and uncles I knew the best. They were actually the final 2 of all of my aunts and uncles. (Most of their spouses are still alive.) So sad for their families. We were prepared for one death but the other was a shock. <BR> <BR> I also planned and implemented 2 field trips. That takes a lot of work. They were fun but exhau... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:40:51 EST Food Addiction Here is a link to a question and answer article with Dr. David A. Kessler. <BR> He has helped me so much but recently I was forgetting all that he has taught me. An article in the March issue of Eating Well mentions his book so it reminded me that I have to listen to what he has to say. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/food_news/a_nation_addicted_to_food </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is the article in Eating Well March 2011 thatreally hit home with me: <BR> <BR>... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 19:10:34 EST Link to a Slide Show for a Healthy Heart from Prevention<BR>thyheart/index.html <BR> <BR> I think this is a really good slide show. I posted it earlier today but I thought I'd re-post it so other people would get a chance to see and read it. <BR> <BR> There are things I am doing, things I need to do more often, and things I don't do that I need to start doing. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:23:18 EST From Prevention: Slide Show for a Healthy Heart <link><BR>hyheart/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:45:23 EST Health Link from <BR> <BR> Interesting info that most of us know about since we read Spark articles and blogs but it's always good to hear it from different sources which can help us recommit to eating healthy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>erol/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=10<BR>0269549&page=1 </link> Tue, 8 Feb 2011 13:53:24 EST Eggs, Perchlorate, and New Sodium Guidelines Today on HealthNews here on SP I read that "600 farms...produce about 80 percent of the nation's egg supply". That just goes to show how big companies like Sara Lee, Tyson, and others are taking over supplying the food for a nation. <BR> <BR> I also read that 26 states have had perchlorate, a toxic ingredient in rocket fuel, fireworks, and explosives, found in water supplies due to improper disposal at rocket testing sites, military bases, and chemical plants. <BR> <BR> Luke airforc... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 15:13:53 EST I "Appreciated" Teacher Appreciation Day Too Much Ok, tomorrow will be a new beginning. <BR> <BR> I did avoid the doughnuts. So that's good. <BR> I didn't eat too much. Had fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, a variety of fresh fruit, and a small portion of a french toast and cinnamon apple dish (sugary!) <BR> <BR> For lunch I ate soup with chicken, corn, black beans, and tomatoes. Great! The person who made it promised to give us the recipe. I also ate a little of some kind of corn tortilla dish and an egg roll. Didn't eat the egg ro... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 17:51:05 EST Feb. 1st A New Start I really need to focus on a new start. My heart isn't really in it right now. I hope sometime between now and when I wake up tomorrow morning I have some kind of epiphany! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is teacher appreciation breakfast and I can't miss it but I really need to be careful. It's not the way I had planned to start the new month but there it is. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 19:02:01 EST February: A New Beginning Someone wrote a blog the other day entitled "What Went on in January Stays in January" I thought that was clever once I recovered from the initial shock that tomorrow is the last day of January. Where do the days go? <BR> <BR> Yes, starting in February we forget all of our January mistakes (not to mention the December mistakes) and start anew. <BR> <BR> In another blog (from September) I read about a meal plan from the book "Why Can't I Stop Eating?" by Debbie Danowski. <BR> <BR> Here ... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 17:39:42 EST A Close Call at a Snack Bar and a Rant About Walmart After reading The End of Overeating by Dr. David A. Kessler I gave up cinnamon sugar pretzels from the snack bar at Sam's Club. I hadn't really been eating them much but I knew they were a problem for me. I knew I had no control over them the day I left with 2. Just for me, not to share. And they are big! <BR> <BR> So, I gave them up. I may even have written down in my journal that I gave up pizza slices and the hot dog combo. Again. I really don't eat there much but it is such an unh... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 19:19:48 EST Eating Healthy, Craving Junk, Needing More Exercise, Can't Wait For Friday Afternoon I made a salad today with the romaine and the grape tomatoes I got free yesterday. I had half of a grapefruit with my breakfast. I had ordered a box from the farmer's market so I also included baby carrots and green bell pepper from that in my salad. I had bought these cute brown mushrooms and cucumbers at SuperWalmart which I also included. <BR> <BR> I still have eggplant and zucchini from Sprouts that I need to cook. I make light eggplant parmesan. I should do that tonight. <BR> <BR... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 14:25:58 EST I Soaked My Beans! At Last! I got those darn beans soaking as we speak. Now I will have to divy them up into 2 cup portions for freezing. I'll leave enough out for making a recipe with beans. <BR> <BR> I have had a headache for 2 days. I only exercised 10 min. last night. <BR> I will try to do more today. I am on Day 22 of my Exercise Streak so I have to do something but I usually do 30 - 60 min. And of course, as a first grade teacher I am not sedentary!!!!! But I only count the cardio and strength training. ... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 19:35:54 EST I Can't Always Explain Why I Do the Things I Do I am on Day 22 of my New Exercise Streak. <BR> <BR> I did great last night. 45 min. total of Jackie Warner. I did 15 min. of each of the following Total Body Circuit, Upper Body Circuit, and Lower Body Circuit. <BR> <BR> I did 15 min. of Leslie Sansone walking. So I put in 60 min. of exercise all together. <BR> <BR> I ate dark chocolate before I execised. Just a craving I could not control. I am off the milk chocolate and try to only have a square or two of dark chocolate occasional... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 14:37:59 EST Today's Health News Article about Food Labeling Food Industry Unveils Nutrition Labeling Plan <BR> <BR> The U.S. food industry's new voluntary program to prominently display important nutrition information on food labels is widely seen as an attempt to influence the Food and Drug Administration's ongoing efforts to develop labeling guidelines, according to The New York Times. <BR> <BR> Under the Nutrition Keys plan announced Monday, the front of food packages will display icons that show four basic nutrients: calories, saturated fat, sod... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:28:51 EST I Bought Some Beans in a Bag I just read an article here on SP about beans. I keep planning to eat more beans. I bought a big bagful. Now, today I will go home and prepare them for soaking. <BR> <BR> I am usually a canned bean kind of gal. <BR> <BR> But I'm going to try to make bean recipes with dry beans. <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd get that out there. Mon, 24 Jan 2011 15:02:36 EST I Am Going To Do Great This Week I am planning to do great this week! <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> I've been doing great with exercise and nutrition. I have been getting some of that weight off that I put on over Christmas. I still have some more to get off to be back to my lowest weight since starting SP in 2009. I'll do it. I have no fear. <BR> <BR> I can tell you next Christmas break I am going to be more diligent and not let the extra calories sneak up on me. <BR> <BR> Can you believe it's almost February?... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 21:52:39 EST Health News On SP/Junk Food Ads Geared to Children Even though I think Michelle Obama is not the most charismatic person to listen to I do agree with her cause of making healthy eating a priority for our children. <BR> <BR> Today on SP I read an interesting Health News article. I think it is great that the WHO is taking action that might benefit the health of our children as well. Maybe if the whole world gets involved we can bring stronger awareness to the obesity epidemic. <BR> <BR> As a teacher I can see that our children are not as ... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 17:43:40 EST Turnip Greens/Leaves I was at Super Walmart (not my favorite place but sometimes I have to stop by.) I was looking at the spinach. I saw a big bag of turnip greens and thought that I could put them in my fruit smoothie instead of spinach. The turnip greens was a much bigger bag and cost much less. <BR> <BR> I bought some and this morning I made a fruit smoothie with the turnip greens. It was fine. I couldn't taste the turnip greens. <BR> <BR> I found that I could put a bag of baby spinach leaves in the fr... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 16:58:00 EST Tomorrow Will Be Day 20 of My New Exercise Streak My last exercise streak lasted 109 days. I hope to bypass that. <BR> My back is feeling fine. Thursday I had such a scare with the pain. <BR> I don't know how people with chronic back pain do it. I would be such a big baby if I had chronic back pain. <BR> <BR> Our weather here in AZ is absolutely gorgeous right now. Nothing to complain about. <BR> <BR> I did 60 min. exercise today. 40 min. of Jackie Warner Total Body Circuit and 20 min. with Leslie Sansone and the stretchy band. La... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 16:40:25 EST Grapefruit, My Back, and the Weekend I had the most delicious grapefruit for the fruit part of my breakfast this morning. It was red inside. So GOOD! Sweet. <BR> <BR> I bought the grapefruit at Sprouts on sale. <BR> My friend gave me some lemons from her tree. Oranges are ready to so I'll try to get some of them. Can't wait for free grapefruit. Maybe they're ready, too. I'll have to find out. <BR> <BR> My back is fine. Yesterday I did something to my back and was in pain! But woke up this morning and it was fine. ... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 16:30:57 EST Wonderful Benefits of Strength Training I just read an article on SP "Learn to Love Strength Training" by Leanne Beattie <BR> <BR> It starts out funny because she realizes she has "batwings" and decides she needs to get rid of them. As a pack rat she has an accumulation of fitness magazines/online works saved so she decided to go through them to find ways to get rid of those "batwings". <BR> <BR> Strength Training... <BR> <BR> ...preserves muscle mass during weight loss <BR> ...elevates your metabolism. (starting in the 20's... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:15:37 EST Daily Spark Blog and The End of Overeating Today there is a Daily Spark blog by Dean Anderson about food addiction. "Can People Really Be Addicted to Food?" <BR> <BR> He mentions a book that has helped me a lot on this journey to better health. The book is The End of Overeating by Dr. David A. Kessler. <BR> <BR> Everyone should read this book. Before parents have children they should read this book. Skinny or fat people, but especially the overweight who want to change their lives MUST read this book. People who go out to eat... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 14:53:15 EST This is so FUNNY!!! The following is from Eating Well magazine but the article can be found online also. It made me laugh so hard. I even wrote my own ode about Sam's Club cinnamon and sugar pretzel which I gave up about a year ago. Someday I'll share it but I don't have it with me right now. <BR> <BR> "Odes to the Things I Can No Longer Enjoy on My Damned Diet" by Colin Nissan <BR> Eating Well Magazine Jan/Feb 2011 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/people_perspectives/good_reads/ode... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 18:24:25 EST Eating Well Magazine I must've ordered Eating Well magazine from our school magazine drive because one showed up in our mailbox today. <BR> <BR> There was a blurb about a family that went 100 days without eating any processed foods. Nothing packaged except yogurt. <BR> They are offering a challenge at <BR> <BR> I may try their challenge for 10 days. Except for Greek yogurt and almond butter with no salt added which can't be considered that bad since it is just ground almonds and nothi... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 18:14:42 EST What I'm Doing Right and Wii Fit I am using portion control with my unsalted almond butter. <BR> Recently I started eating peanut butter in excess. That had to stop! I bought unsalted almond butter at Sprouts and I'm measuring out what I need and stop at that. <BR> <BR> I am portioning my breads...AGAIN! <BR> Recently I had started to eat several servings of whole wheat or whole grain bread each day. Not good for me. I am only allowing myself normal portions of carbs and I'm limiting the bread. <BR> <... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 13:49:17 EST Food, Exercise, and Changing Clothes Yesterday I watched what I ate for breakfast, lunch, and snacks but I ate at a restaurant in Scottsdale for dinner. <BR> <BR> A friend is in town visiting and wanted to go there. Her brother used to be part owner of the restaurant and her son still works there. The restaurant is Sapporos. One time my friend's son called to tell her that Paula Abdul was sitting at the bar. Famous people go there all the time. I've never seen one. It's really not my kind of restaurant. Maybe when I a... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 17:56:12 EST Today I Started Lose 5 Pounds in 5 Days I have done this before. I just need a jump start. <BR> <BR> It's healthy but you really limit and watch portions. I haven't been watching my portions lately so this will help me get back to that. <BR> <BR> Always check with a doctor before starting a new eating plan or exercise plan. <BR> <BR> For breakfast I had: <BR> 1/2 c. fat free cottage cheese <BR> 1/2 sandwich round (instead of 1/2 English muffin) <BR> 1 tsp. almond butter no salt (instead of 1 tsp. natural p.b.) <BR> <BR> For s... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:10:08 EST I Stuck to My Plan Yesterday I planned to do the 15 min. Total Body Circuit (Jackie Warner) and a mile or two of walking with Leslie Sansone. <BR> <BR> I stuck to that plan. I did 40 min. total exercise. <BR> <BR> Today I will just do Leslie Sansone. Maybe I'll do the 3 mile Walk Your Belly Flat with bicycles at the end. <BR> <BR> I'm only doing Jackie Warner every other day in order to give my muscles a rest because with her you use weights and more ab work than I care for. <BR> <BR> The Ab Circuit is ... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 14:09:37 EST Leslie and Jackie Today I'll do the 15 min. Jackie Warner Total Body Circuit. <BR> Then I'll do a mile or two with Leslie Sansone. <BR> <BR> I haven't exercised yet but that is my plan and I hope to stick to it. <BR> <BR> If I make healthy food choices for the rest of the day all will be well! <BR> So far I've done great! Mon, 10 Jan 2011 19:00:28 EST I Can Feel Muscles I Didn't Know I Had: Thanks, Jackie Warner! Jackie Warner's Total Body Circuit is helping me feel muscles I didn't know I had. I did a 40 min. one Fri. and a 15 min. one Sat. Today I am only doing Leslie Sansone. I need to do Jackie every other day to give my muscles a day of rest. <BR> <BR> I hope I get into the habit of doing her dvd every other day without fail. <BR> <BR> You can choose to do 15 min. targeting abs, upper, or lower. <BR> <BR> I can not imagine doing 15 min. of ab workout. <BR> <BR> Maybe someday but not in ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 22:07:33 EST 40 Min. Total Body Circuit with Jackie Warner I have done the 40 min. Total Body Circuit with Jackie Warner. Usually I do the 15 min. T.B.C. I am quite proud of myself. I also put in a few minutes of Leslie Sansone, too. <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Jan 2011 22:12:36 EST Just Earning 3 Points I have nothing much to say. Just want to earn 3 points. <BR> <BR> I did jumping jacks last night after my Leslie Sansone workout. <BR> <BR> I still can't believe I can do them. Honestly. <BR> <BR> I have been eating pretty well except too much bread. It's whole grain/whole wheat but still too much. I am in a pb and j on whole grain/whole wheat phase. I can go a year without a peanut butter sandwich but I've been craving them lately. <BR> <BR> No, I'm not pregnant. But it's kin... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 18:10:27 EST American Diets I read the following article on Health News today. I can believe it. Besides fat, sugar, and carbs (aren't carbs sugar?) they should have also included sodium. In the Jan. issue of Prevention magazine they added up the sodium of a regular/seemingly healthy days food intake including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. It had something like 4,000 mg. of sodium beyond what the body actually needs. <BR> <BR> I'm glad SP is here to educate anyone willing to listen and learn about making ... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 18:32:54 EST Food and Exercise A poll question that I answered today asked which lifestyle change was more difficult: eating healthy or exercising more. <BR> <BR> You could pick one or the other, both, or neither. <BR> <BR> I picked both. <BR> <BR> Right now both are difficult to me. <BR> <BR> I have got to get back in the groove! <BR> <BR> I'm eating healthy but have been adding "naughty" things. Some people will say, "All in moderation." The problem with me is, it snowballs!!! <BR> <BR> I started back on an ex... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 19:16:32 EST Obese Drivers at Higher Risk of Death in Car Crashes The title of this blog is the title of an article on HealthNews today. <BR> <BR> The following is from the article: <BR> "The rate of obesity is continuing to rise, so is it imperative that car designs are modified to protect the obese population, and that crash tests are done using a full range of dummy sizes," Dr. Dietrich Jehle, professor of emergency medicine, said in a university news release. <BR> <BR> "Extending the range of adjustable seats would be helpful, as well as encouraging m... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 18:52:13 EST Me? Jumping Jacks? Jackie Warner DVD and A New Exercise Streak! When I started SP little over a year and a half ago I did a Coach Nicole video where she had me get down on the floor. <BR> <BR> It about killed me. <BR> <BR> In another video she had me do jumping jacks but mine were modified because of an old knee injury (I think now I just didn't keep up with my physical therapy and the knee muscles were weakened by lack of exercise). <BR> <BR> I couldn't do a real jumping jack to save my life. <BR> <BR> Since starting SP I have been doing Coach... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 17:55:34 EST Vitamin N; A Fast; Rambling is a blog by someone who is committed to living a healthier life. He/She calls nature Vitamin N. Getting out in nature is a necessary part of being healthy. Says we need vitamin N. I love it. He/She wrote about going to a local Arboretum and walking for exercise. It sounded great. I know I love going to our Arboretum when I get the chance which isn't often. This winter I should get a chance to get over there when I visit some relative snowbirds who nest in... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 18:38:47 EST "Today is the First Day of the Rest of My Life" I don't know who is responsible for that quote but it fits me today. <BR> I am going to get some of my non-weight related goals done today. <BR> The doctor said I could exercise a little. Not a lot but a little until I am completely better. <BR> <BR> I have been eating badly and it's making me feel crappy. <BR> I need healthy food and exercise back in my life. <BR> <BR> Actually I already messed up my portions at breakfast and healthy choices at lunch so I guess "Tomorrow will be the Firs... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 15:48:16 EST Drinking Water I'm at Starbucks drinking ethos water. No coffee. I am not really a coffee drinker but I like the smell of it. And for a few weeks for a special treat once a week I've been getting iced coffees with fat free milk and I'd add artificial sweetener like Splenda. <BR> <BR> Then I reread something Ann Louise Gittleman wrote in The Fat Flush that coffee is toxic to the liver. Even decaf which is what I order more often than not because caffeine makes me crazy. They use a lot of pesticides t... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 17:11:30 EST Jackie Warner Last night I did 30-35 min. of a Jackie Warner DVD. It is a good work out. <BR> I figure I can alternate between Leslie Sansone and Jackie Warner. <BR> <BR> I'm starting back into exercise slowly. <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 15:04:54 EST Easy Goal I am not doing well with execise. I am feeling better but have a problem similar to asthma and I am hesitant about exercising. I need to just back to exercising but I'm afraid I'll get sick again. We have this nice weather here but the same coughs, colds, sore throats, etc. as any place else and I think the pollution doesn't help. It takes me a long time to recover if my sinus infection moves into my chest. <BR> <BR> I'm not doing well with food. It's that time of year. I did great f... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 11:17:13 EST Tomorrow We Will Say Good-bye To the Chicks The chicks are sleeping right now in the breeder/coop. Just a second ago they were cheeping and walking around. Now they have all snuggled up in a corner to sleep. The older students are having basketball practice and a softball game out on the fields. When the bat hits a ball or someone yells they lift their head and look up. Then they lay their heads back down to sleep. The yellow one has its beak sticking out of the chicken wire. <BR> <BR> They sleep as lightly as I do. Any littl... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 18:02:00 EST Just Finished Stieg Larsson and Started Ken Follett When I am sick and stay home on the weekends I like to read so I finished The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire. Now I want to read The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. (Author Stieg Larsson died never knowing his trilogy was an international best seller.) <BR> <BR> I just started Ken Follett's The Fall of the Giants Volume I The Century Trilogy. It's really good. Not for kids, nor are the Stieg Larsson books. People back in the early 1900s could act quite... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 18:38:13 EST I Will Do Better When I get stressed about money issues I use food to try to make myself feel better. I ate at In and Out Burger last night. <BR> <BR> Burger and fries. <BR> <BR> I am going to do better. Fri, 3 Dec 2010 14:39:08 EST Light the Advent Candle One Advent 2010 started on Sunday. <BR> <BR> "For hundreds of years people looked forward to the Savior's coming. God spoke through prophets and gave us hints about Jesus. During Advent most of the first readings at Mass are from these prophets, especially the prophet Isaiah. He told us that the Messiah would be a king and a suffering servant. <BR> <BR> First Thursday of Advent <BR> <BR> God, Our Rock <BR> <BR> 'Trust in the Lord forever! For the Lord is an eternal rock.' Isaiah 26:1-6... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 17:28:58 EST A Death in the "Family" We spend holidays with close friends. They are a big family and are our "family" here. <BR> <BR> Just a few minutes ago they lost their: <BR> <BR> Great Grandfather <BR> Grandfather <BR> Father <BR> Father-in-law <BR> <BR> We called him Pepe. He was of French Canadian descent. <BR> <BR> I saw him Thursday at Thanksgiving dinner. <BR> <BR> It will be a very sad time for his family. <BR> <BR> I will miss seeing him at all of the family gatherings. They're having a big party coming up... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 17:51:59 EST Trying to Sort My Thoughts and Analyze My Behavior I wish I knew how I was going to react to the food today. <BR> I don't know if I'm going to be "good" or "bad". <BR> I don't know how to tell myself to make "good" choices. <BR> <BR> I feel bloated and fat. <BR> I walked 6 miles yesterday to get my mind off of food. <BR> I still ate food with too much salt, fat, and/or sugar. <BR> And I ate foods I haven't normally been eating. <BR> <BR> Fact: My body feels better when I make healthier food choices. <BR> <BR> Sure, the foods I crave tas... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 12:35:32 EST The Accreditation Team Loved My Pretzel/Kiss/M&M Treats They wanted the recipe! <BR> It's always a crowd pleaser. <BR> <BR> I like it because I don't have a mess to clean up after. And they do look pretty. <BR> <BR> See the previous blog for the recipe. <BR> <BR> When I posted it last night something was going on with the internet and it posted 3 of the same blog. I finally figured out that I could delete 2 of them. <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:27:07 EST Like Easy Recipes? This One is Beyond Easy! A Sweet Treat! Chocolate Pretzel Rings <BR> <BR> 48-50 Pretzel Rings (I just buy a bag of mini-pretzels) <BR> 1 package (8 oz.) milk chocolate Kisses ( I buy at least 10 oz.) <BR> 1/4 c. M&Ms (I buy plain, peanut, almond...any kind will do) <BR> <BR> Place pretzels on a greased baking sheet. (I never grease the cookie sheet and have never had a problem.) <BR> Place a chocolate Kiss in the center of each ring. (I found pretzel rings once in all of the years I've been making these. I make them with re... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 01:20:34 EST